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Elucidating the mechanisms by which the UPR tailors specific responses to ER stress.
Adaptation and stress response pathways have evolved to allow cells to adapt to their environment. Cells are able to interpret stress and respond by activating certain gene profiles that will help deal with the insult and return to a homeostatic state. In the case of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress comes in the form of misfolded or unfolded proteins. The unfolded protein response (UPR) is a transcriptional program which helps alleviate stress through increased folding or efficiency of ER function. However, the UPR can also lead to apoptosis if it is unable to clear the stress. We hope to elucidate how the different components of the UPR sense the nature, strength and persistence of a stimulus and how these interactions decide cell fate and response. We will evaluate the contribution of individual parts of the UPR and how their interrelationship can lead to differing outputs. The use of knockout models of key components, as well as computational modeling, will allow us to understand the complexities behind the UPR.
Gomez JA, Tyra HM, DeZwaan-McCabe D, Olievier AK, and Rutkowski DT. Synthetic embroynic lethality upon deletion of the ER cochaperone p58IPK and the ER stess sensor ATF6alpha. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 443:115-119, 2014.
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